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  • Amherst Mediapublisher of photogrAphy books

    A VisuAl sourcebook forDigitAl PortrAitPhotogrAPhers

    500Poses forPhotographinginfants and toddlers

    Michelle Perkins

  • copyright 2013 by Michelle Perkins.All rights reserved.

    front cover photographs by brett florens. back cover photograph by christie Mumm.

    Published by:Amherst Media, inc.P.o. box 586buffalo, N.Y. 14226fax: 716-874-4508www.AmherstMedia.com

    Publisher: craig Alessesenior editor/Production Manager: Michelle Perkinseditor: barbara A. lynch-Johnteditorial Assistance from: carey Anne Miller, sally Jarzab, John s. loderbusiness Manager: Adam richardsMarketing, sales, and Promotion Manager: kate NeaverthWarehouse and fulfillment Manager: roger singo

    isbN-13: 978-1-60895-602-9library of congress control Number: 2012920993Printed in korea.10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopied, recorded or otherwise, without prior written consent from the publisher.

    Notice of Disclaimer: the information contained in this book is based on the authors experience and opinions. the author and publisher will not be held liable for the use or misuse of the information in this book.

    Check out Amherst Medias blogs at: http://portrait-photographer.blogspot.com/ http://weddingphotographer-amherstmedia.blogspot.com/

    The Stella B. Foundationwww.stellabfoundation.org

    A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to The Stella B. Foundation. The foundation believes that no family should have to decide how to divide their time between work and a child with a long-term or life-threatening illness. By assisting with rent, utility bills, and travel arrangements for imperative medical appointments, they help ensure that finances do not impede the familys ability to be by their childs side. The Stella B. Foundation is committed to helping make the parents decision to hold their childs hand an easy one.

  • A s any experienced portrait photographer will tell you, working with children can be both challenging and rewarding. When things arent going well, the shoot can come to a crashing haltbut when they come together well, the results can be amazing depictions that families will cherish for generations to come. in this book, well look at poses for the very youngest (and most frequently photographed) of child portrait sub-jects: newborns and toddlers. obviously, poses that work with a sleepy newborn are quite different from those that suit an adventurous toddler, so why group these kids into one book? there are some good reasons.

    first, much of early childhood photography involves documenting developmental milestonesthe newborn holding her head up, the childs ability to sit up unassisted, the toddler taking his first steps, etc. these are best un-derstood when viewed in the context of what came before (what the younger child couldnt yet do) and what will come later (what only an older child can do). A second common thread in these portraits is an em-phasis on relationships. More than with any other age group, very young children are commonly depicted with their parents or siblings. these portraits offer special posing challenges and opportunities, so a section of the book is devoted to images with more than one subject. the childs relationship with their environment is a related theme, so children are often shown interacting with props. Props can assist with posing, but they also need to be managed care-fully and never allowed to overwhelm the small subject. A finaland criticalcommon thread is the need for speed and efficiency. Portrait sessions with infants and tod-

    dlers are generally not long, drawn-out affairs. While flex-ibility is important, walking into the session with a few great ideas ready to go can help make the session a success. filled with images by accomplished portrait, fashion, and editorial photographers, this book provides a resource for photographers seeking inspiration. stuck on what to do with a particular child? flip through the sample portraits, pick something you like, then adapt it as needed to suit your tastes. looking to spice up your work with some new poses? find a sample that appeals to you and look for ways to implement it (or some element of it) with your subject. for ease of use, the portraits are grouped according to the age of the subject, and further delineated by the type of pose (seated, standing, with a parent, etc.). it can be difficult to remain creative day after day, year after year, but sometimes all you need to break through a slump is a little spark. in this book, youll find a plethora of images designed to provide just that.

    ContentsAbout This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Newborns Asleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 159

    Reclining Babies (Awake) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 6080

    Heads Up and Tummy Poses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 8191

    Posing in Baskets and Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 92146

    Learning to Crawl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 147157

    Sitting Up (Floor/Ground Poses) . . . . . . . . . . . plates 158228

    Sitting in Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 229272

    Its My Birthday!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 273292

    Standing (With Some Help) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 293319

    Walking and Exploring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 320360

    Mother and Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 361392

    Father and Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 393417

    The Whole Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 418462

    Siblings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 463500

    Beautiful Details. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plates 501530

    Appendix: Posing Fundamentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

    The Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

    About This Book

    It can be difficult to remain creative

    day after day, year after year, but

    sometimes all you need to break

    through the slump is a little spark.

  • plaTe 1. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 2. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 3 (Top leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 4 (cenTer leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 5 (BoTTom leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

  • plaTe 9. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 6. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 7. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 8. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

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    plaTe 14. Photograph by Krista Smith.

    plaTe 10. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 11. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 12. Photograph by Heather Magliarditi. plaTe 13. Photograph by Heather Magliarditi.

  • plaTe 15. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 18. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 19. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 16. Photograph by Heather Magliarditi. plaTe 17. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

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    plaTe 20. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 21. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 22 (Top leFT). Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 23 (BoTTom leFT). Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

  • plaTe 24. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 25. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 26. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 27. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 28. Photograph by Jenean Mohr. plaTe 29. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

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    plaTe 30. Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 31. Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 32 (Top leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 33 (cenTer leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 34 (BoTTom leFT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

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    plaTe 37. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 38. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 35 (Top righT). Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

    plaTe 36 (BoTTom righT). Photograph by Beth Forester.

    plaTe 39. Photograph by Marc Weisberg.

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    plaTe 40. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 41. Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 42 (Top leFT). Photograph by Jenean Mohr.

    plaTe 43 (cenTer leFT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 44 (BoTTom leFT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

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    plaTe 45. Photograph by Christie Mumm. plaTe 46. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 47. Photograph by Christie Mumm. plaTe 48. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 49. Photograph by Christie Mumm.

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    plaTe 50 (Top leFT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 51 (cenTer leFT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 52 (BoTTom leFT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 53. Photograph by Krista Smith.

    plaTe 54. Photograph by Beth Forester.

  • plaTe 55 (Top). Photograph by Beth Forester.

    plaTe 56 (aBove leFT). Photograph by Beth Forester.

    plaTe 57 (righT). Photograph by Beth Forester.

  • plaTe 59 (aBove). Photograph by Beth Forester.

    plaTe 60 (Top righT). Photograph by Krista Smith.

    plaTe 61 (righT). Photograph by Christie Mumm.

    plaTe 58. Photograph by Beth Forester.

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